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Die Sendingpraktyk van die Ned Geref Kerk: Enkele tendense vanaf 1952 tot met die eeuwenteling

G van der Watt
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 24, No 1 | a322 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v24i1.322 | © 2003 G van der Watt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2003 | Published: 15 October 2003

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Abstract

In this past half century the Dutch Reformed Church was continuously building  on the tradition of extended missionary involvement within South Africa as well as in several countries in Southern Africa. During the fifties and sixties there were a flourishing of activities, driven by, amongst other reasons, an idealism and optimism concerning the homeland-policy  or  grand apartheid. The seventies and eighties were therefore characterised by resistance; the DRC had to  reconsider its approach. While the church had to largely withdraw from the traditional fields, it found alternative areas for involvement, mainly abroad. In the nineties a whole new world dawned and the church once again had  to adapt.  The  emphasis  shifted  to local congregations and a variety of approaches. World mission came into the focus. The way ahead for the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches could only be as one united church, fulfilling it’s calling to mission within the African and especially South African context, while staying true to its reformed tradition.

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